Today, as in any other day I have a heart condition. What? Well… Yeah, I place many things before the Lord and He has begun to show me that they become idols. Idols, really? I imagine myself bowing before the idol.. Not this Lord, I say.. How can this be an idol. The ice cream cone I save pennies for weekly at McDonald’s, or the soap opera that I have watched for nearly all of its existence of 50 years, or my new laptop? Or the television with its nothing really on any of the 114 channels. How do things become idols? Well, I am learning that ANYTHING that I place before my relationship and time with the Lord becomes an idol. It becomes a “matter of the heart” issue. Therefore giving me a heart condition. No, it is not something that I can take pills for I can only have 2 things done. A heart transplant or a fine needle surgery. Well. There I said it out loud.
When we make decisions regarding the idols we do it with intent to enjoy but not to become in some way extreme in our doing. No matter what the idol God requires us daily to renew our covenant with Him to “Choose this day to serve the Lord and put away the idols”(see Joshua 24:14-28) and He will do for us a new thing. I know that today, I have been challenged already early this morning about simple things that jockey for my attention with the Lord. This very laptop one of them. I know that I am imperfect and yet striving to become Christ like on a daily basis. Today, I will choose the heart surgery to take me to the level that Father God is pleading me to come with Him.
I ask you today what will you do? Will you choose the idol over the Lord or will He win your heart today? Be encouraged and of great courage and listen to the Lord today. Choose you this day whom you will serve. I am choosing Yahweh today. For I know He has my best interest and not my death as His goal.